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Oct 21, 2014

New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 mln with big stock awards

SEATTLE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s new
Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology
industry’s biggest earners, with a total compensation package
worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed
with securities regulators on Monday.

The outsize number is mostly made up of the estimated value
of certain one-time stock awards given to Nadella, who became
the company’s third CEO in February. Most of it Nadella cannot
actually receive until 2019.

Oct 15, 2014

Apple looks to rev up fading tablet growth

SEATTLE, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Apple Inc is expected
to unveil thinner and more powerful iPads on Thursday ahead of
the holiday season but may struggle to arouse passion for
tablets among consumers already over-supplied with hand-held,
touch-screen devices.

Tablet sales are set to rise only 11 percent this year,
according to new forecasts by tech research firm Gartner,
compared to 55 percent growth last year, even as smartphone
sales continue to soar and PC sales trickle back.

Oct 10, 2014

After gaffe, Microsoft board to look at gender pay gap, male culture

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A well-known picture in tech circles, taken in 1978, shows the first 11 employees at Microsoft. Two are women. One of them left two years later after a pay dispute.

Almost four decades later, the ratio has improved: About a third of Microsoft’s 110,000 or so employees are women. But the company’s pay practices and attitude toward women are still open to question and will likely be taken up at the board level, according to one director, Maria Klawe.

Oct 10, 2014

Microsoft CEO criticized for suggesting women not ask for raises

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the “system”, bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement.

Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day conference in Phoenix, Arizona, intended to celebrate women in computing.

Oct 6, 2014

HP faces uphill battle with newly minted PC unit

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co’s (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman appeared to be banking on growth markets like 3D printing and a trickle back in PC sales when she announced on Monday a spin-off for the company’s computer and printing business. But some on Wall Street are skeptical.

Investors and analysts generally gave a thumbs up on the move to separate HP’s computer and printing business from its corporate hardware and services operations, sending its shares up almost 5 percent. Yet some questioned the move, expressing doubt over whether the newly christened “HP Inc” can break out of what appears to be a terminal slump in desktop computing.

Sep 30, 2014

Larry Ellison still the top draw at Oracle’s mega-convention

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Larry Ellison was the main draw for tens of thousands of technology professionals at Oracle Corp’s annual conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, where he joked about losing his name after relinquishing his role as the company’s CEO.

Ellison, who this month gave up his position as chief executive of the enterprise software behemoth he co-founded 37 years ago, stuck to his tradition of delivering the main presentation at Oracle OpenWorld.

Sep 30, 2014

Microsoft names next operating system ‘Windows 10′

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp announced its ‘Windows 10′ operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward a new system aimed at unifying computing and mobile devices.

The next version of Microsoft’s flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8.

Sep 26, 2014

Preview: Microsoft offers first look at new Windows – and gives it a name

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.

The project, known for the past few years as “Threshold” inside the software company and “Windows 9″ outside it, will likely get an entirely new brand, or just be called Windows, analysts said, ahead of its full release early next year.

Sep 26, 2014

Microsoft offers first look at new Windows – and gives it a name

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.

The project, known for the past few years as “Threshold” inside the software company and “Windows 9″ outside it, will likely get an entirely new brand, or just be called Windows, analysts said, ahead of its full release early next year.

Sep 18, 2014

Oracle’s Ellison steps aside, co-CEOs Catz and Hurd take over

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp’s
longstanding Chief Executive Larry Ellison stepped down on
Thursday, to be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, as
the business software company looks to modernize and fend off
fast-moving cloud-based rivals.

Ellison, who co-founded the database company that became
Oracle in 1977, will become executive chairman and chief
technology officer.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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